Apple TV 2015 Hacked To Run A Makeshift Safari Browser – Video
The new Apple TV is a powerful device compared to its predecessors, boasting intriguing internals and a dedicated operating system to work with. It's a set-top box like no other, bragging features like Siri and an App Store that makes it more than just a competent device. However, the Apple TV lacked support for a browser to surf the internet.
Seemingly, a new video has been posted that showcases a specially designed browser for the new Apple TV followed by a hack. The makeshift Safari browser on the new Apple TV looks like a handy on-the-go tool to connect to the internet. The project is open source one which means anyone can make use of the browser. However, it uses a private API to furnish the oncoming web content, which states that the browser will not be making an appearance on the tvOS App Store anytime soon.
Let's dive in to see some additional details on the new Apple TV hack and how can the web be operated on a TV screen.
Video Shows A Makeshift Browser Running On The New Apple TV
Luckily, the hacked makeshift browser takes advantage of the Siri Remote that comes pre-packed with the new Apple TV. Henceforth, it will be used for interacting with content on the browser. The Trackpad on the Siri Remote will be used for navigational purposes while pressing the glass on the remote will allow users to access two modes. Check out the embedded video below for more details and a clear insight:
The first mode will grant users to scroll through web pages which can be done by flicking your finger on the glass surface. The second mode will reveal a pointer on the TV, enabling users to select an item from the content by pressing the glass on the Siri Remote. The procedure might not be as fast, but it gets the job done.
The browser loads web pages in a jiffy and operates pretty well, considering it is a hack. Although, the makeshift browser on the new Apple TV might not be suitable for hardcore browsing and squeezing the equivalent amount of utility as compared to other substitutes, it is pretty useful to some extent for casual browsing.
This is it for now, folks. What do you think about this hacked makeshift browser? Is it an essential feature to have on your new 2015 Apple TV? Let us know in the comments.